Summer Policy and Training Intern — EPoD Morocco Employment Lab

Remote

Duration: Minimum 10 weeks, summer 2021   

Location: Remote  

Language requirements: French and English  

Organization: Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School and the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) 


 

Who We Are: 
Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), housed within the Center for International Development, is a dynamic research initiative that brings analytical insights, typically from economics, to the design and implementation of public policies and programs around the world. EPoD directly engages with governments and local organizations to identify key questions, design innovative new policies or interventions, and test these using the tools of economics and data analysis, including large field-based experiments. 

Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at the Harvard Kennedy School, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, and the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) seek a qualified intern to support the Morocco Employment Lab policy and training activities. Start and end dates are flexible, but we ask for a ten-week commitment at minimum. Harvard applicants are strongly advised to apply for HKS funding, through HIDIF and other sources, early on. In some cases, the internship provider may offer modest stipends, but this is not guaranteed. 

The objective of the Employment Lab is to support the creation of a culture of evidence through impact evaluations and capacity building, to strengthen existing labor market programs and improve the effectiveness of future programs and policies in Morocco. 

As part of its activities, the Employment Lab is holding an evidence-sharing seminar for policy stakeholders in Morocco. The workshop will share reflections that can inform policy making in Morocco, solicit feedback from stakeholders on evidence gaps and priorities, and help build a community of policymakers enthusiastic about evidence use. The workshop will promote discussion between Moroccan policymakers and academics and will be an opportunity to present to a broader audience the ongoing evaluation projects the Lab has started working on.  The event will be structured around labor markets themes identified in collaboration with MCA and key labor market partners in Morocco who will be engaged in preparatory reflection sessions.  

Key responsibilities: 

  • Help identify key themes the workshop could focus on and which evidence can be most useful 

  • Conduct background research on existing labor market literature and using existing data  

  • Synthesize labor market research in policy notes  

  • Coordinate workshop activities together with staff from J-PAL and EPoD as well as senior instructors 

  • Coordinate with MEL capacity building team members to adapt workshop materials for use in ongoing trainings 

  • Support preparation of presentations and other workshop materials  

  • Support communication on the Employment Lab’s work 

Qualifications 

  • Graduate-level coursework in economics is required. 

  • Prior work experience knowledge of the Morocco labor market is highly desired, and labor market research more broadly.  

  • Prior knowledge of impact evaluation methods is a strong advantage. 

  • Fluency in French and in English.  

  • Ability to communicate clearly and precisely policy lessons from academic research in ways that policymakers and practitioners understand.  

  • Strong leadership, communication and relationship-building skills, with the ability to interact with institutional partners, academic researchers, high-level policymakers, and staff. 

  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player. 

How to apply 

To apply, please submit the following documents to Samia Sekkarie at samia_sekkarie@hks.harvard.edu .  

  • One-page cover letter describing your qualifications for the position and your availability  

  • CV/Resume 

  • Writing sample  

We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Questions about this position can be directed to samia_sekkarie@hks.harvard.edu.